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Motor Fleet Safety and Security Management

2nd Edition

By Daniel E. Della-Giustina

CRC Press

164 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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In the almost ten years since the publication of the first edition of Motor Fleet Safety and Security Management, the availability of new methods of transportation has made travel faster, and consequently, safety and security have become more important and more complex. Businesses must now become proactive in their own security and planning for emergencies. This second edition of a bestselling resource provides a complete understanding of how to develop and manage a comprehensive motor fleet safety and instructional program. It presents the underlying concepts, basic techniques, and principles of motor fleet safety and security management.

New, Revised, and Expanded Topics in the Second Edition:

  • Elements of a fleet safety program
  • Accident prevention
  • Consideration for small-fleet driver selection, training, instruction, and supervision
  • Vehicle inspection
  • How to organize accident data
  • Job safety analysis (JSA) meetings for commercial drivers
  • Fleet transportation publicity
  • School bus safety
  • Shipping and storage of hazardous materials
  • Security in transportation
  • Model of a motor fleet transportation program designed to assist in the implementation of a program

To achieve optimum safety, everyone involved in the transportation system should be adequately trained, supervised, and monitored. Proper data and incident reports must be maintained to identify trends and problem areas. Keeping the trademark style that made the previous edition so popular, the author addresses the critical steps for successful driver selection, training, instruction, and supervision. He provides you with the foundation you need to combat common problems and manage your motor fleet transportation system.

Table of Contents


Large Trucks

Motor Fleet Industry

Transportation of Hazardous Materials

Transportation Security

Key Elements of This Text


Elements of a Fleet Safety Program

Purpose of a Safety Program

Main Elements of a Fleet Safety Program

Duties of Fleet Safety Directors

Elements of a Fleet Accident Prevention Program

Study Questions


Accident Prevention

Reasons for Accident Prevention

Main Areas of Fleet Accidents

Expense of Injuries and Illnesses

Costs of Vehicle Accidents


Study Questions


Special Considerations of a Small Fleet

Passenger Vans

Fleet Safety Program Elements

Main Interests for Fleet Owners or Managers

Considerations in Employee Selection6

Philosophy of a Small-Fleet Manager

Initial Training Briefs for New Employees

Components of a Driver Safety Program

Vehicle Condition

Management’s Role in a Successful Safety Program

Study Questions


Driver Selection

Predicting Safe Driver Qualities

Self-Discipline in Driver Selection

Managing Driver Selection

Abilities of a Good Driver

Personnel Facts

Driver Selection Procedures

Elements of Preselection Screening Related to Driving

Tests to Determine Behind-the-Wheel Attitudes and Abilities

Study Questions


Driver Training and Instruction

Benefits of Driver Training

Benefits of Using a Training Room

Systematic Visual Habits in Driving

Procedures to Follow in Case of an Accident

Methods of Teaching Driver Training

Additional Topics to Cover in Training

Fleet Skill Tests

Study Questions


Driver Supervision

Responsibilities of Driver Supervisors

Department of Transportation

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Prevent Accidents before They Occur

Motivating Drivers to Get Desired Results

Symptoms of Accidents the Supervisor Should Know

Policy Development

Safety Measurement for Fleet Managers

Study Questions


Motor Fleet Inspection Program

Employer Responsibilities

Accident Prevention


Fleet Enterprise Job Hazards

Stimulating Interest in the Safety Program

General Safety Rules

Vehicle Inspection

Benefits Gained by Standardizing Fleet Vehicles

Built-In Vehicle Components Directly Related to Safety

Contributions a Driver Can Make to an Effective Maintenance Program

Advantages Gained by Assigning a Vehicle to an Individual

Characteristics of Fleet Management Programs

Study Questions


Organizing Motor Fleet Accident Data

Accident Investigation

Responsibilities of the Fleet Safety Director

Where to Learn about Causes of Accidents

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

Accident Record Systems

Accident Investigators

Classification of Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents

Study Questions


Job Safety Analysis

Identifying Risk and Job Task


Conducting a Job Safety Analysis

Monitoring and Reviewing JSAs

Benefits of a JSA

Study Questions


Safety Meetings for Motor Carrier Drivers

Incident Reduction

Types of Meetings

Subjects of Meetings


Study Questions


Motor Fleet Transportation Publicity

Improving Traffic Safety

Key Elements in Driver Training

Recognition for Safe Driving

Elements in an Incentive Program

Media to Promote Safety Awards

Advertising a Safety Awards Ceremony

Study Questions


School Bus Safety

Transporting Our Most Precious Cargo

Inspections and Maintenance of School Buses

Inspection of New Vehicles

Daily and Pretrip Inspections

Maintenance of School Buses

Responsibility of Personnel

Emergency Evacuation

Emergency Equipment

Reporting Accidents

Regulations for Transported Pupils

Transportation of Disabled Students

Parents’ Responsibilities

Employment Qualifications

Extracurricular Trips

Study Questions


Shipping and Storage of Hazardous Materials


Standard of Care

Hazard Classes

Hazmat Employees and Employers

Hazmat Training

Shipping Papers

Emergency Response

Contacting First Responders



Hazard Communication

Chemical Inventory

Personal Protective Equipment

Spill Plan

Study Questions


Security in the Transportation Industry (Transit and Motor Carrier)

Federal Transit Systems

Motor Carrier Systems

Cheshire Petroleum & Gas Corporation (Model Plan)

Motor Carrier Policy

Crash Investigation Program

Program Development

Selecting, Training, and Supervising Personnel

Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Health and Fitness Qualifications for Drivers

Pretrip/Posttrip Inspections

The Behavior Observation Program

Detecting Hazards

Emergency Stops

Reversing (Terminals or Loading Docks)


Procedures for New Hires

Procedures for Current Employees

Suspension and Revocation of Driving Privileges

Study Questions

Motor Fleet Safety and Security Management

Security Operations

Emergency Action Plan

Hijacking and Cargo Theft

Types of Emergencies and Disaster

Bombs and Bomb Threats

Terrorism Threats

Highway Watch Program for Truck Drivers

Study Questions


Appendix A: Combustible Liquids

Appendix B: Describing Hazardous Materials §172.202


About the Author

Dr. Daniel E. Della-Giustina is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and the Safety and Environmental Management Program, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. He has published over 125 articles and fourteen textbooks in the discipline of safety, health, and environmental studies, and he has appeared as an expert witness in safety and health liability cases for the past twenty years in numerous cities throughout the United States.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety